Brits warned they could face closed bars and restaurants in popular holiday resorts in Spain

Brits could face closed bars and restaurants due to waiter shortages in the popular Spanish holiday destination of Benidorm

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Empty restaurants are seen as precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Plaza Mayor on March 13, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Brits in Benidorm could see bars and restaurants closed due to staffing issues

Brits could face closed bars and closed restaurants in popular holiday resorts in Spain due to waiter shortages.

The shortage of staff in Benidorm has already resulted in some shops closing early or even for days.

All of this has hit the popular vacation spot in the run-up to the summer holidays, which would increase the number of vacationers to the destination.

Industry bosses are reportedly warning that there could already be around 4,000 vacancies in Benidorm.

However, due to a combination of factors, the positions are reportedly not being filled and there are concerns that only half of them will be filled by the summer.

There are warnings there will be thousands of vacancies in bars and restaurants, making it difficult to keep opening hours


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The question of setting a claim is not due and a bar and restaurant representative told The Sun that a waiter in Benidorm would take home just over £1,200 in tips.

However, the Spanish government has specifically said that low wages combined with poor working conditions and long hours have contributed to labor shortages.

Others pointed to the cost of living in a popular tourist spot, as a waiter’s salary would not be able to pay the rent and could afford to live next door and have a comfortable life.

However, Benidorm is not the only place in Spain suffering from such a problem.

Last month, 17,000 jobs were offered across Spain’s hospitality sector, around six times more than a year earlier.

This comes after Brits are on holiday in Spain warned against attending “illegal parties” such as those in Mallorca or Ibiza or face hefty fines of up to £85,000.

The Foreign Office then updated its travel advice for Spain after “several serious accidents” occurred at the unauthorized gatherings, which often took place in private homes or villas in holiday hotspots such as Mallorca and Ibiza.

The British embassy in Spain has warned that not only are these parties not allowed, they are common on the islands and participants face hefty fines of up to £85,000.

Some bars and restaurants are reportedly already closing early due to staffing issues


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In its updated recommendation, the Federal Foreign Office warns: “There have been a number of serious accidents on the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca involving people who irregularly attended commercially-sponsored parties in villas and private homes.

“Licensed clubs and bars must meet safety standards, including emergency exits and capacity limits, and have trained, licensed security personnel.

“Irregular commercial parties may not meet these standards. You should watch your belongings, make sure you know where emergency exits are located and not take any unnecessary risks.

“Anyone who attends irregular commercial parties can be subject to heavy fines by local authorities.”

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